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Opioid Agonist Maintenance Treatment

A Pharmacist’s Guide to Methadone and Buprenorphine for Opioid Use Disorders

Pearl Isaac, Eva Janecek, Anne Kalvik and Maria Zhang


Format: Spiral bound


Pharmacists play a crucial role not only in dispensing methadone and buprenorphine, but also—because of their frequent contact with patients—in supporting and encouraging patients, while also helping the prescriber monitor patients’ progress. 

Opioid Agonist Maintenance Treatment: A Pharmacist’s Guide to Methadone and Buprenorphine for Opioid Use Disorder is an essential guide for all pharmacists involved in opioid agonist maintenance treatment (OAMT) and a required reference for Ontario pharmacies that dispense methadone. This third edition replaces Methadone Maintenance: A Pharmacist’s Guide to Treatment, which was published in 2004—before buprenorphine became an option for people living with opioid use disorder.

As well as providing an overview of pharmacological therapies used to treat opioid use disorder, Opioid Agonist Maintenance Treatment discusses:

  • the benefits and limitations of OAMT
  • safety considerations and drug interactions
  • the pharmacist’s crucial role in communicating effectively with patients and the treatment team
  • prescription standards and requirements
  • preparation and storage, dispensing and administration, and dosing of methadone and buprenorphine—both observed and as take-home doses
  • continuity of care for patients who have been hospitalized or incarcerated.

About the authors

Pearl Isaac, RPh, BScPhm, clinical pharmacist, Medication and Substance Program, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Eva Janecek, RPh, BScPhm, addictions consultant and educator 

Anne Kalvik, RPh, BScPhm, addictions pharmacist, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Maria Zhang, RPh, BScPhm, PharmD, pharmacist and MSC student, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and Leslie Dan, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto


This product is available in English only.
Ce produit est offert en anglais seulement.

Pages: 164 • Published: 2015 • ISBN: 9781771142434 (print) • Product Code: P6500


Ce produit est offert en anglais seulement.
This product is available in English only.

Pages : 164 • Publié : 2015 • ISBN : 9781771142434 (version imprimée) • Code de produit : P6500